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Gray Matters: Mental Health Awareness Curriculum

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. The resources included in this blended learning playlist will help you begin meaningful conversations and interventions within the classroom. By exploring topics such as body image, social media, bullying, and self-regulation, students will embark on a positive pattern of discussing and examining their feelings instead of acting too hastily on them or sweeping them under the rug.

Managing Anger and Frustration

What Do You Do with that Mad You Feel: Strategy Song and Activity | Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger takes control of his feelings when he’s mad in this video clip. He sings a song about feeling mad and learns that if he’s feeling mad it’s up to him to turn his feelings around so that he can have fun again. The learning goal of this clip is to help children deal with their mad feelings.

Managing Frustration (“We’re Feeling OK”) | Flocabulary

This song describes what it’s like to feel frustrated and teaches some strategies for managing frustration. Students will see that everyone gets frustrated sometimes and be encouraged not to let frustration stop them from trying new things.

Minecraft 5-Point Scale | School Counseling Files

This self-regulation chart breaks down the stages of anger using Minecraft characters.

Body Image

Beach Bodies (in spoken word) | TEDEd

What leads to the way we perceive our body image? In a thought-provoking and humorous performance at TEDYouth 2012, spoken word poets David Fasanya and Gabriel Barralaga pose a challenge to rethink how we see ourselves.

I See You, You See Me |

This series help students think about their bodies and body images in a social justice context. Each lesson looks at a different aspect of the relationship children have with their bodies. The series helps students take ownership over their own feelings and attitudes and develop an activist stance in terms of understanding body image and also looking after their own physical and emotional wellbeing.

Dove Self Esteem Project | Dove

These interactive workshops were designed to facilitate discussions about body image with middle school students. Videos, activities, and reflections will introduce the topic of body confidence and work through the myths that may be affecting your students’ self esteem.


Poem: To This Day | TEDEd

Poet Shane Koyczan shares his experiences with bullying with this moving performance.

Psychology of a Bully | Listenwise

A former bully and a psychologist offer perspectives on why people become bullies and make a case for why we should have empathy for those who resort to such tactics.

Bullying Prevention Text Set | Newsela*

Engage in activities and conversations around bullying prevention using a series of Newsela articles.

The Heart Exercise | PBS Learning Media

Students share their own experiences as a way of building empathy and recognizing the power of words.

Social Media & Mental Health

How Does Social Media Affect Your Mood? | PBS Learning Media

This video examines how different social media platforms may affect your brain in different ways.

Social Media, Girls and Depression | Listenwise

Studies show that teen girls are more vulnerable to depression. In fact, girls are three times more likely than boys to become depressed, due in part to social pressures such as the overemphasis on physical appearance and the prevalence of social media. Not only are girls more likely to use social media, they also appear to be more vulnerable to the emotionally damaging effects of a constant, virtual connection. Listen to learn more about trends in teenage depression and the role of social media.

Link Between Suicide Rates & Social Media | Newsela*

Studies suggest that there’s a link between an increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens and the rise of social media.

Bad Behavior Online: Bullying, Trolling & Free Speech | Off Book

The internet is a powerful tool for communication, but it can sometimes be a double-edged sword. As most of us have seen or experienced, the internet can bring out the worst behavior in people, highlighting some of the cruelest and most hurtful aspects of humanity. Issues such as bullying online and trolling have garnered a lot of attention recently, prompting questions about who does, and should, regulate the internet, and what free speech means online.

Rethink Before You Type | TEDx

14 year old Trisha Prabhu discusses her product, Rethink, which gives young people an opportunity to reconsider what they’re posting before it’s public, in an effort to end impulsive cyberbullying.

Eboni Hogan

Content Specialist

Eboni has extensive experience in curriculum development, with a focus on culturally-responsive and arts-based approaches. Having spent years creating academic content and providing professional development to teachers, she now curates themed playlists meant to provide educators with valuable, time-saving resources.

Black History Teaching Playlists

Through interactive content, primary sources, lesson plans & articles, inspire students to think critically about how their actions contribute to a more equitable future.

For Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Voting-Themed Teaching Playlists

Use these voting-themed blended learning teaching resources to help children of all ages understand the importance of voting and why their voice matters.

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